We all know what it’s like to fly with a baby on board. Loud and uncomfortable? Yes. Full of whining? You bet. Tears? Plenty. And that’s just the parents.

Is there anything airlines can do to lessen the stress of flying alongside babies? English mom Kelly-Rose Bradford took to her local news station to endorse her idea of a fair solution: child-free flights. She thinks banning babies from some flights or seating areas could make every passenger’s life a bit easier.

“I think there’s an element of selfishness from parents who insist on not changing their lifestyle once they have their children," she explained. In her opinion, the best kind of flight is one where babies are banned.

Do you agree? As you can imagine, lots of people had strong opinions about her comments. Dozens of them took to Twitter to rage about the #ChildFreeFlights idea.

“Child free aircraft? Based on my traveling experience, it’s usually some of the adults that are the biggest, rudest irritation!” tweets London-based travel writer David Leck.

No matter which argument you prefer, there are real, research-based reasons to keep babies off planes altogether. The reality of air travel includes loads of germy, stranger-filled moments that infants just aren’t built for! Read on for 13 facts that will make you never want to fly with a baby, along with 12 that support the pro-baby side of this issue. Then tell us which side YOU agree with most.

25 25. Air Pressure on Tiny Eardrums (Keep Baby Home)

If you're an experienced traveler and frequent flier, you'll know that flying on a plane can be hard on the ears. This is tough for us, and we're not infants! Imagine having all that ear pressure and no way to understand that it's an unavoidable part of air travel? No wonder babies can get uncomfortable during takeoff and landing.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a trusted source for medical expertise in the United States, the changing air pressure within cabins during flight can "cause temporary changes in middle ear pressure, which can trigger ear pain in infants." Why hurt baby's ears if not flying is an option?

24 24. Lack of Seating Accommodations (Keep Baby Home)

People traveling with babies also need to beware of poor seating arrangements on planes. While airlines typically allow infants to ride on their parents' laps during flights, the Mayo Clinic recommends that infants ride in properly secured safety seats, separate from their parents own seats.

As pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu tells CNN: “If you can afford it, always buy a seat for your infant. It's safer, and you'll have more room to maneuver.”

So laps are less safe and extra seats are more expensive. If parents don't want to shell out for an extra seat, keeping their babies at home seems like a great option yet again.

23 23. Stranger Danger (Keep Baby Home)

Anything can happen at the airport. From strange and unsafe carry-on bag contents to illegal activity in security checkpoints to messy incidents on the planes themselves, you never know what kind of stress or safety concern you'll encounter when you choose to fly.

Falling asleep with your baby in the middle of a closely-packed group of complete strangers is a reality for people who fly. We doubt they would ever normally agree to be unconscious when their infant is surrounded by strangers, but they swallow their concerns to fly with babies anyhow. This might be worth a second thought in favor of the infant's overall safety.

22 22. Their Crying is Unavoidable (Keep Baby Home)

"For babies, because they don't know how to talk yet, crying is their only way of communicating," says Dr. Shu. "Crying can mean a number of things: I'm hungry, I need to be changed, I'm bored, I'm cold, I'm hot."

When they have no other way of communicating their every need, what should people expect babies to do on planes BUT cry? It's natural for babies to cry, and it's less natural for them to fly upwards of 30,000 feet in the air. When combining the two makes for a very unpleasant trip, we start to raise our eyebrow at anyone who insists that babies belong on planes.

21 21. It’s Going to Get Snotty (Keep Baby Home)

Dr. William Sears from Parenting Magazine advises parents to plan for snot issues when they decided to take their babies on flights. Runny noses are yet another unfortunate likelihood.

“Tiny air passages and dry cabin air are not a comfortable mix," he explains. "Take along some over-the-counter saltwater nasal spray for your baby. A couple of times during the flight, gently spritz a spray into each nostril.”

We don't imagine that babies particularly enjoy having saltwater sprayed up their noses, but if the choice is between tears and snot, we might choose tears. As if flying in a plane wasn't germy enough (more on that later).

20 20. Aggression from Other Passengers (Keep Baby Home)

It's no secret that many people don't like flying with babies, but unlucky parents have found that some passengers can get downright aggressive about it. An unfortunate example involves the people pictured above. The woman on the right was kicked off her flight after having a loud and rude outburst directed at the baby on the left. She "screamed at the baby," according to reports from EliteReaders.com.

Dr. Susan Bartell, a psychologist specializing in parenting issues, says that while this woman's actions were wrong, this attitude is reasonable. "The other people on the plane do not have to be subjected to your child crying. It is absolutely not something that they should be expected to endure. They can't leave."

19 19. Too Much Noise (Keep Baby Home)

The Mayo Clinic believes that airplane cabin noise levels are very loud for children and infants, especially during takeoff. They recommend parents "limit your baby's exposure to this noise." Parents can eliminate their exposure to the noise entirely by choosing not to fly with their babies on board.

Most frequent fliers know that one very essential carry-on item is always a pair of headphones that they can use to block out the stressful hustle and bustle of air travel around them. At the same time, most headphones are not designed to fit little babies' heads or ears, making plugging out the noise not an option for them.

18 18. It’s Exhausting for The Parents (Keep Baby Home)

If you think that flying with a baby in the row next to you is tiring and annoying, consider what it must be like for the people flying with that baby on their laps. No parent seems to actually want to endure the stress and focus that it takes to fly with their baby, yet they do it anyway.

“If you're flying, it means that you may have to get out of your seat and walk around, pace the airplane and make sure your child has a pacifier and a bottle," says Dr. Bartell. "You may be tired at the end of the trip, it may not be a great flight for you, but that's your job as a parent."

17 17. It Takes Up Flight Attendants’ Attention (Keep Baby Home)

Flight attendants have a lot of important duties on an aircraft. Contrary to popular belief, they aren't just there to smile and give you friendly help with food, drinks, and luggage. The entire safety of the plane is often in their hands, and they are trained to rise to the occasion every time. You'd be surprised to learn all the things a modern flight attendant needs to know.

They definitely have more than enough to worry about without dealing with a fussy baby. They have even had to DELIVER BABIES a few times! Leaving baby at home takes some stress off the parents, some stress off the other passengers, and even more stress off of well deserving flight attendants.

16 16. Lower Oxygen Levels (Keep Baby Home)

During a flight, the air pressure in an aircraft cabin is lower than the air pressure on land. In the same way that this can affect the small ear and nose passages in babies (see list items 25 and 21) it can also negatively affect their breathing. Lower air pressure means less oxygen in the cabin than there is on land.

"This temporary change in oxygen level has been shown to pose problems if your baby was born prematurely, has chronic heart or lung problems, or has upper or lower respiratory symptoms," reports the Mayo Clinic. For safety and health, keeping babies on land helps them breathe easier every time.

15 15. Being Physically Delicate (Keep Baby Home)

The process of getting onto a plane can be pretty tough! Jostling your way through security checkpoints and managing luggage is difficult enough without needing to watch over the most precious cargo imaginable. And it's not just the airport that often involves rough and busy experiences, the plane ride itself can be very bumpy.

Turbulence doesn't often cause injuries, but they still do sometimes happen. For passengers who are frailer than the average person, they might be even more likely. A quick look at some in-flight incidents that have happened recently is sure to make you think twice about bringing a tiny baby onto a flight.

14 14. Risks of Over-The-Counter Medication (Keep Baby Home)

You might think that an easy solution to some of the issues raised above is to medicate the babies during flights. This is actually a big no-no, according to the medical community. If you are tempted to medicate a baby on board, things might not end well.

"Don't be tempted to give your baby an over-the-counter medication, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others), to encourage sleep during the flight," advises the Mayo Clinic. "The practice isn't recommended, and sometimes the medication can have the opposite effect."

Adds Dr. Shu: "In general, those medicines aren't recommended for kids under 2 years old." Better safe than sorry.

13 13. So Many Germs (Keep Baby Home)

Air travel can be dirty. It's a fact of life. If you travel often, you must be familiar with statistics about the dirtiest places on planes, or best practices that keep you safe while flying. Babies have extra-sensitive immune systems, making these germ issues even more serious to consider.

According to the Mayo Clinic, "newborns have developing immune systems and air travel might increase their risk of catching an infectious disease." It's not uncommon for grown adults to catch colds and flus from planes full of strangers, so it makes sense that babies would have an even easier time catching these bugs in a germy place.

12 12. Parents Might Bring Goody Bags (Let Baby Fly)

We know this is a shallow reason to endorse the babies-should-fly argument, but it's true. More and more parents bring goody bags for passengers when they fly with babies, and who doesn't like free stuff?

Time Magazine reports that an increasing amount of "well-meaning parents" are passing out these sympathy gifts to people who have to deal with their babies' noise and disruptions during the flight. They say behavior treats often include earplugs and little notes asking for patience in return for the goodies. That's a perk that passengers wouldn't get without babies on board!

11 11. It Makes for Funny Viral Videos (Let Baby Fly)

Wouldn't you throw a sympathetic 'like' your friend's way if they posted a video of themselves enduring a crying baby on a plane in their Snapchat or Instagram stories? Dealing with this kind of stress, sometimes all you can do is laugh.

According to CNN, “YouTube even has a selection of videos of passengers reacting to crying babies, from the annoyed to the humorous.” We've seen some of those videos and can confirm that they are absolutely entertaining. Check out Jesse Hayes' "Babies on a Plane!" video if you'd like to see for yourself. Otherwise, you can take our word for it!

10 10. It’s Natural for Kids to Be Loud/Curious (Let Babies Fly)

“Children often cannot contain themselves," explains Time Magazine writer and mother Karol Marcowicz. "They have problems with volume control. Sometimes they cry even when they can say what they want. They’re also entirely unpredictable.”

Does this mean we shouldn't allow children's natures to take up space in our everyday flights? That's for you to decide on your own terms, like those on both sides of this great baby flying debate. If you're okay with a baby flying on your plane but not okay with it acting as a normal baby acts, you're not going to have much luck striking that perfect balance anytime soon.

9 9. The Real Issue May Be Cabin Size (Let Baby Fly)

Have you noticed that people sitting next to you on planes are mighty close and that any sound someone makes on a plane echoes loudly around the cabin? These kinds of things exacerbate the unpleasant presence of babies on planes but are part of a larger issue that has nothing to do with babies at all.

According to research by USA Today, the design of cabin interiors has changed a lot in the last 30 years - and not in ways that make flying with babies any easier. The pitch of the seats, which USA Today defines as "the distance in inches from a given point on one seat to the same point on the seat in the next row," is shrinking by the inch. Don't blame the baby for how close it seems to your eardrums!

8 8. Flights Can Be Valuable Learning Experiences (Let Baby Fly)

For young children and toddlers experiencing their first flight, there can be a lot of excitement - and that's a great thing! Airlines have designed programming and protocols to encourage the learning that a first flight can bring. They often invite young fliers to visit the cockpit or explore special parts of the airport designed for them, like airplane-themed kid play zones.

It's also smart to get kids interested in aviation at a young age, as organizations like MAF-UK know. They encourage young kids to learn about planes even before setting foot on one, with the intention of broadening everyone's horizons (literally and figuratively). You never know! The crying toddler on your plane just might be flying it one day.

7 7. Parents Aren’t Usually at Fault (Let Baby Fly)

If refusing to let babies fly on certain flights is hurting anyone, it's the parents. They are the people who will need to find alternative and often expensive childcare options for their children if the kids aren't allowed to fly with them or the ones who may have to shell out more money for a designated kid-friendly flight. Do parents really deserve all this trouble?

“Parents don’t particularly enjoy flying when their kids become troublesome," shares Twitter user McLeslie to the #ChildFreeFlights conversation. "Most of the time the behaviour of other passengers to this situation just magnifies their stress.”

6 6. Flight Attendants Are Trained to Calm Them (Let Baby Fly)

It's true that flight attendants have a lot on their plate. It's also true that keeping a calm and efficient cabin environment despite the presence of babies is part of their job. They are expected to know how to not just tolerate babies, but accommodate their presence on an aircraft as best they can.

Most modern airlines train their flight attendants in some degree of childcare. For example, Condor Airlines has an extensive in-flight childcare program that each and every one of their cabin crew staff must adhere to. It's part of what parents expect when they fly with airlines like these.